Some travelers are now getting a faster airport security experience in the highly publicized TSA PreCheck lane – without the burden of having to earn elite status in an airline miles program or paying the $100 fee for the government’s Global Entry program.
Managed Inclusion at Indianapolis, Tampa
The pilot program, called Managed Inclusion, is now being tested at airports in Tampa and Indianapolis. Although many details about Managed Inclusion have not been publicized, TSA Director John Pistole said last month that the pilot uses Behavior Detection Officers and passenger screening dogs to help select passengers from the regular (and sometimes long) security lines and divert them to the quicker PreCheck lanes. Pistole added that it’s part of the agency’s overall plan to “move away from that one-size-fits-all” security mentality.
More Airports May Add Managed Inclusion
If the testing goes well, look for the program to expand to other airports later this year. Besides arming the TSA with another security technique, it’ll help fill up the PreCheck lanes which sometimes stand empty particularly after the morning rush of business travelers – passengers most likely to have elite miles status.
Quicker Security for Kids, Seniors
The number of people now allowed to bypass traditional security lanes is growing. PreCheck lanes, which are now available in 35 U.S. airports, recently had its 5 millionth passenger. Children ages 12 and under are also allowed to go through PreCheck lanes, and passengers 75 and older can keep their shoes and jackets on, too.
TSA: Finding the Terror Needle in the Haystack
In December, TSA Director Pistole said all these initiatives (and he hinted at more to come) are attempts at doing their job which is ferreting out terrorists – which he likened to searching for a needle in a very big haystack. “We try to find that one-in-a-billion terrorist who may be hiding,” he said, adding that one of the best ways is to try and “reduce the size of that haystack.”